The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims urge other victims to come forward
New support group to meet for first time in Charleston
It calls on anyone who "saw, suspected or suffered" clergy crimes to "speak up"
Self help organization specifically seeks those hurt by convicted Belle minister
Healing is possible, SNAP says, but only when victims and witnesses take action
Group also invites family and friends of those molested to get consolation & guidance
The organization's goals are to help heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.
The group has also started a website with information about accused Charleston-area clerics: http://wheeling-charlestontruth.org/
In particular, SNAP is trying to find and help anyone who was molested by the former pastor of Shrewsbury Church of God, Sandy Martin Cook, who was convicted in February of child molestation. Four of his victims are pursuing civil lawsuits against Cook and his former employer. The Cook victims are represented by Charleston attorneys Bobby Warner and Tammy Bowles Raines. Their suits were filed in August and are pending before Kanawha circuit judges James Stucky, Charles King and Louis Bloom.
SNAP is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 21 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in its title, it has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests